DEFENSE KEY STATS
Overall Defense Rank 20th
Passsing Defense Rank 22nd
Rushing Defense Rank 16th
Forced Fumbles 1st with 14 and recovered 6 of them
DEFENSIVE KEY PLAYERS:
MLB James Laurinaitis
His name reminds me of a character from 300, but the kid leads the team in tackles with 33 and he finished last season with 120. He will have a tough task of covering the middle of the field where TE Antonio Gates likes to find the holes in the zone defense. He will also be key in stopping Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert.
S Oshiomogho “OJ” Atogwe
Atogwe was drafted by the Rams in 2005 and became the starting free safety the season after. Atogwe’s 32 combined forced fumbles and interceptions (16 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles) since the start of 2006 are the most in the NFL during that time period. The Chargers will need to be aware of where Atogwe is and make sure to hold onto the ball with both hands anytime he comes in to make the hit.
DE James Hall
Hall has been in the league for 10 years and his best season came in 2004 when he totaled 11.5 sacks. He already has racked up 4 sacks this season and it will be Marcus MnNeill’s first test since coming back from his holdout. Hopefully Marcus does not show any rust and is able to handle Hall.
The Chargers offense NEEDS to hang onto the ball against this team. I am sure that the Chargers’ inability to handle the ball is a HUGE emphasis in the Rams locker room. The Bolts need to make sure that they don’t make mistakes and they should be able to continue their top ranked offensive attack against this team.